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Honours List

Volume 155: debated on Tuesday 20 June 1922

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asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he will inform the House what procedure is followed by the different Departments in submitting names of persons for the Honours List?

Some weeks before the date of each Honours List, Departments are asked by the Prime Minister's directions to send to the Prime Minister the names of any persons whom they desire to recommend for an honour. The names eventually approved are submitted by the Prime Minister to the King.

Does any Department act as a clearing house for the other Departments, and are the different recommendations of the Departments sent to one Department of the State and there again gone over, and a final list made out for the Prime Minister?

The recommendations of the Departments are sent direct to the Prime Minister, and the special adviser, by virtue of his office to the Prime Minister, in relation to honours given to departmental servants, is the permanent head of the Treasury.

What method is adopted by the Prime Minister to select the names for honours? [HON. MEMBERS: "Answer!"]

How much do you give for a baronetcy, and what is the price of a knighthood? [An HON. MEMBER: "The present market value!"]